Looking back on 2020

2020 had been a tough year for many. Many had lost their loved ones and incomes due to the virus. We had our share of hardships from this year as 3 members of the family passed on. They didn’t succumb to the virus but other reasons. Also earlier this week and ex colleague that I had worked with for 5 years more or less had died suddenly. Too young to leave so soon. I am still sad for him.

Despite all the bad news, here we are on the last day of the year. Where I am at, in Hungary, as of now we have a few more hours left to 2021. I just would like to take a few minutes here to reminisce.

Even though we lost loved ones, we did gain somethings. Owing to the pandemic, most of us may had been lucky enough to be able to work from home. I am one of those lucky people. I gained some hours a day to do what matters to me.

As a family, we got to spend more time together. Despite living in not such a big space, we learnt to tolerate each others’ constant presence and to even enjoy it. We as a family started to wake up between 6 – 6:30 am everyday recently. We started eating breakfast and lunch together. We eat a hearty breakfast, something similar or light for lunch and we don’t really eat dinner, unless hungry.

We started our family savings fund sometime in May this year and we were amazed by how much money we could save up.

My daughter and I had been more disciplined in our musical trainings. 🙂 She plays the piano. While I play the guitar. Well, not together (yet 🙂 ) But she had been pretty constant with her practice. I started fingerstyle guitar this year and also learning the theory.

I got my driving license. Though I haven’t started driving yet. Perhaps that is something to aim for next year – to get a brand new car.

I reached my reading goals and a bit more. The goal was to read 48 books and as of now had finished 57 books of various lengths and genres. I suppose this was the first time since my school years when I had read this many books or close to this many. 🙂 For 2021, the goal is 52 books.

Hungarian studies had been good. Been able to understand more and speak more. I got all the books in the MagyarOK series and had finished one level and almost have way through the A2 level. I started back from the basics and built up again and going slowly by utilizing the knowledge I learnt writing to native speakers on sites like lang8 and hinative.

There were many small goals that were achieved this year but these are a few main ones. 🙂 I am just grateful to see some progress despite the difficult times.

I will be continuing with my 2021 goal list today. 🙂

Here’s hoping to a better 2021 for everyone! 🙂

Author: Syari

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